Guidance

Environmental Stewardship: educational access visits on your land

How to host educational access visits safely and within the terms of your Higher Level Stewardship agreement.

Overview

You need to be in a Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreement with the educational access option to host a visit. Group visits are only available to those agreements that started on or before 1 November 2010. For all HLS agreements (from any start date) there is also an option to host care farming visits in order to receive payment.

Groups can be school parties studying the National Curriculum. You cannot charge the group to visit your land.

You and the group leader will need to fill out the farm educational visit evaluation form (NE-FEDV) for every visit. Send a copy of this form with your capital works claim form to be able to claim payment. See the how to get paid web page for more information.

Understand the health and safety requirements to run your visit

The Visit My Farm website has the information you need to run a safe educational site visit and covers the following:

Training and resources to help run your visit

A toolkit for famers and further information is available to give advice and information to encourage more visits to your farm.

Funding for access related infrastructure improvements (capital works) has now closed, but you can still claim under existing agreements. See the how to get paid web page for more information.